Diversity and inclusion

At Allianz, we believe in equality of opportunity and are committed to creating an environment where people can succeed regardless of race, gender, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation or ethnic background. We champion environments where we celebrate inclusion and people are empowered to share their opinions, thoughts and feelings.

Women in Finance Charter

Allianz is proud to join more than 270 firms across the financial services sector in signing up to the HM Treasury ‘Women in Finance Charter’ – a commitment to gender balance across financial services.

The Women in Finance Charter was created in March 2016. Its main aim is to support gender diversity at all levels within financial firms and to build a more balanced and fair industry.

We’ve committed to achieving a minimum of 35% female representation across our management population by 2020.

Jon Dye, CEO is our senior sponsor and Chair of the Diversity & Inclusion Steering Group. We already have a number of activities in place to support our commitment to gender equality, from unconscious bias e-learning through to ensuring diversity is reflected in our recruitment process. Our networking and development programmes, such as the Allianz Women in the City and the new JET Women’s programme, connect leaders with rising talent and forums which actively support our people in achieving their full potential.

Disability Confident

We’ve been re-accredited as a Business Confident employer, which recognises the good things we’re already doing in terms of employing and supporting disabled people whilst challenging us to keep improving.

We’ve created networks for parents and employees who have elderly dependants to look after, to enable us to support each other in achieving a positive work-life balance.

Allianz SE’s Global Diversity Council ensures the implementation of a diversity strategy in all Allianz. In the UK, The Diversity & Inclusion Steering Committee is chaired by Jon Dye, the Allianz UK CEO.




 

Allianz has a barrier-free policy whereby we are committed to removing barriers to the application and recruitment process as much as possible.

We work closely with a number of organisations, including the Business Disability Forum, to ensure we are disability-smart.

The business benefits of a diverse and inclusive workforce are proven; stronger leadership, more productive employees, more effective talent recruitment, more innovate products and the use of new technology. These factors create stronger customer relationships, happy employees and a better overall reputation for the Allianz.




 

ParalympicsGB

Allianz UK is proud to be an official sponsor of the British Paralympic Association. Allianz has been a supporter of the Paralympic movement for 12 years and was also one of the first worldwide partners of the International Paralympic Committee. At the 2016 Rio Paralympics, Allianz supported more nations’ Paralympic teams than any other company globally.

These Partnerships signal Allianz’s commitment to inclusivity across both its customers and employees and recognition that Paralympic sport inspires us to create a better world for disabled people.


Recruitment process

Two of our Values are "Responsible" and "Caring", and equal opportunity is at the heart of our recruitment process and employment.

Candidates will be judged on suitability for a job alone. When applying, candidates will be asked whether any adjustments are needed for the recruitment process. We’re dedicated to ensuring we’re able to meet any specific needs for a disabled candidate – whether that’s through better access, different equipment or alternative formats for literature

As part of our commitment, provided a candidate has made us aware they’re disabled and meet the minimum requirements of the vacancy – we will guarantee an interview for that person.

If you require support with any aspect of your application or have experienced any issues during the process, please contact us at hr-recruitment@allianz.co.uk.

Alternatively, please review the government’s Access to Work (AtW) scheme which can provide you with support during the recruitment process and once in post.

Employee-led networks

Our employee networks are voluntary, employee-led groups which are typically based on one of the pillars of our inclusion work. 

We have a variety of active Employee Led Networks – including Allianz Pride (LGBT+ and Allies Network for the UK), Women in the City (A networking group for Allianz women based in the City of London) along with others focusing on Cultural Diversity & Ethnicity, Mental Health, All Ability and Working Parents. 

These networks help bring individuals together to offer support, networking opportunities and a sense of community. However, they also offer a collective voice and source of expertise to help Allianz identify and remove barriers which employees may face and support the inclusion and contributions of all employees.

All networks also have the opportunity to feed into the Diversity & Inclusion Steering Group and join the conversation about how Allianz UK can accelerate our inclusion ambition.


Charity partnerships

From 2016 to 2018, Allianz UK partnered with Air Ambulances UK, with employees carrying out a variety of fundraising activities throughout the year. In total, over £1million was raised along with donating 4,315 hours of volunteering during 2018 alone.

In February 2019, we announced our new corporate charity partner Mind – the leading mental health charity.

Our partnership will initially last three years and once again we've set ourselves the ambitious target of raising £1million. Our fundraising will support the charity's campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding of mental health. A key focus will be to help build resilience in young people, which reflects our own business purpose of providing confidence in an uncertain world.

Mind provides advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. This new partnership will benefit both organisations as we aim to expand the resources we have in place at Allianz whilst fundraising locally across the UK for this national charity.

Diversity awards

  • Named in the top 50 UK inclusive employers (2018 rankings), achieving 39th most inclusive employer in the UK. Recognising our work on recruitment, training and diversity-related initiatives (such as our Paralympics GB partnership).
  • We were proud to be nominated and then win the Excellence in Diversity Award 2016 in the Private Sector category! It was great to be able to share our range of diversity and inclusion activities, including our learning and development workshops, SignVideo service for customers, as well as our sponsorship of the Paralympics GB team and Saracens.
  • December 2018 we were recognised as a Top 10 Disability Inclusive Employer by inclusive employment website, VERCIDA.